Oral narration is the art of telling stories through words, gestures, body movements, and vocal inflections.
Throughout human history, oral narration has fulfilled social and aesthetic functions. It has been an important means of transmitting knowledge and ethical and cultural values; is has also served as a mechanism to preserve traditions and support the cultural identity of people around the world.
Storytelling, when modeled appropriately, promotes the active participation of the reading community and contributes to the development of independent and critical readers. Mexico is a country with a widely recognized tradition of oral narration, and the state of Oaxaca has been the cradle of several narrative projects that today have received national and international recognition.
Given this history and experience, LPP is implementing training and presentation of storytelling in the libraries as a central strategy. This will engage young readers in participatory, playful, and critical-thinking activities to complement their reading of books. Storytellers have powerful presentation skills and are capable of conquering the hearts of young readers.
The LPP project focuses on developing these skills among library managers. We are working in coordination with other organizations that have recognized experience and expertise in this activity.
In 2020 LPP incorporated the storytelling strategy as a permanent program and is scheduling a series of presentations and workshops in one third of the libraries in the LPP network this year.